Christine Quinn went to jail after being caught with marijuana.

The 'Selling Sunset' star was celebrating her 17th birthday when her high school principal called police after discovering she was in possession of the drug, and her parents refused to bail her out for four days in order to teach her a lesson, which she now credits for forcing her into changing her life.

Christine explained how she had fallen in with the wrong crowd after changing schools and recalled to People magazine: “One day someone gave me a little birthday surprise, and it happened to be marijuana.

"Another kid saw them give it to me, and I got called into the principal’s office and the principal had a choice. She said, ‘I’m going to think about whether I’m going to suspend you or call the police right now.’ And she chose to call the police.
“So they booked me and everything, handcuffs and all. I walked out of that school and I was in jail because you’re a legal adult at 17.
“[My parents] didn’t bail me out for four days. I learned so much in those four days, and I took time to reflect on my actions and change my life because I realised if I didn’t change something I was going down a hole."
The 32-year-old star admitted the incident forced her to "grow up".

She added: “It made me really think, like, okay — one screw up, one little mess really can turn my life around. It certainly put me in check at a really young age; I had to grow up really, really fast.”

Though marijuana is now legal in Los Angeles, where Christine lives with husband Christian Richard and their three-month-old son Christian Jr., the blonde beauty is "terrified" of ever using it again.

She said: “I’m terrified. Not only because of that, but just because it makes me sleepy and I think the police are coming all the time."

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When New Mexico’s recreational cannabis bill was signed into law in April, Mike Hinkle and Ryan Timmermans jumped at the chance to get into the industry. The two business partners, both recent transplants from the South, bought portable buildings, seeds, grow lights and a property in the village of Carson, with a domestic well they thought they could use to irrigate their plants. In total, they invested more than $50,000.

“That’s actually the most money I’ve ever had in my life,” Hinkle said. “I was extremely excited because we thought we had a shot.”

Three months later, Hinkle fought back tears as he spoke at a hearing about regulations for the new cannabis industry, held at the State Capitol. He’d discovered that a domestic water supply would not fulfill the requirements for a license and that no amount of money would get him the required water rights in Carson, near Taos — because they simply weren’t available. He was still emotional when the three-minute timer ran out and his mic was cut off.

Hinkle was not alone in his dismay. Nearly 200 people submitted written comments to the state’s newly formed Cannabis Control Division, while dozens of others voiced frustrations at the Aug. 6 hearing. Among them were aspiring cannabis business owners and members of acequia collectives — traditional ditch-irrigation communities worried that the new rules would undermine their senior water rights. Most shared a central concern: water.

Would there be enough for farmers who depend on acequias to grow food? How would rural cannabis growers secure water rights? How could the average New Mexican afford those rights? The two presiding officials at the meeting — a retired judge and a deputy director of the Cannabis Control Division — heard participants raise those questions again and again.

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It’s become more and more commonplace to find Delta-8 THC products on the shelves of your local gas station or convenience store.

Upon walking into your local vape shop, you might have noticed some new products on the shelves called Delta-8 THC. Since it’s not CBD or the THC buds you’ve grown accustomed to, your curiosity starts to take over. This leads you to wonder what Delta-8 THC products offer that other forms of THC don’t. Similarly to its more popular counterpart Delta-9, Delta-8 THC consumption comes with its fair share of controversy.

States like Colorado, Kentucky and Michigan have already gone as far as banning the sales of Delta-8 products. Why? Due to the fact that Delta-8 is produced by various companies each possessing their own process for producing the cannabinoid, there are little to no regulations for them to obey. Additionally, third party testing is often overlooked by companies producing delta-8 THC which opens up the risk for users to ingest unhealthy substances inadvertently.

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Complicating matters even further is the fact that the World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that the guidelines of Delta-8 production are too vague. Taking that into consideration, getting a clear understanding on the legality of Delta-8 THC in your state or municipality is vital. Here are a few ways you can find out if Delta-8 THC is worth trying:

Are You Struggling to Find Normal THC Products?

Since Delta-8 products are federally legalized under the 2018 federal Farm Bill, it’s become more and more commonplace to find Delta-8 THC products on the shelves of your local gas station or convenience store. Taking that into consideration, Delta-8 THC could be seen as a suitable replacement should the good stuff not be readily available. Even better is the fact that most Delta-8 THC products can be found in both flower and concentrate form, providing users with the option to vape or smoke however they please.

State Governments Are Starting To Ban Delta-8 THC

GENEVA – A UPS parcel filled with marijuana was accidentally sent to the wrong address and is now in the hands of the Town of Geneva Police Department, which has gone to Facebook to try to find the rightful owner.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, the Town of Geneva Police Department said, “Town of Geneva Police are hoping to find the rightful owner of this parcel that was returned to UPS last week. It was delivered to the wrong address and unfortunately the return address seems to be incorrect.”

It went on to say, “Luckily there was a very distinct odor coming from the package and UPS knew that there was significant value to the contents inside. To claim this package please contact Officer Linder at 262-248-9926.”
In an update, the department explained, “We understand that nobody will be claiming this package and that marijuana is becoming much more accepted in this country.”
It ended by saying, “For those of you that are struggling to find the humor in this post or believe that taxpayer’s money is being wasted, don’t worry, it’s almost the weekend. And for the one person that has tried to claim it we appreciate your humor!”
It was posted at 9:20 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8 and by noon it had about 500 shares and nearly 200 comments with some people criticizing the police for wasting taxpayer money unsuccessfully trying to be funny and others telling people to chill out and enjoy the humor.
One reader made the suggestion there should be a public burning of the marijuana in a tent, where people 21 and over can witness the marijuana being burnt so that it is disposed of properly.

When reached by the paper, the Town of Geneva Police Department declined to comment on the post because the parcel is under investigation. 

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Italy is set to allow the small-scale cultivation of cannabis plants at home after a reform was approved by the Lower House's justice committee on Wednesday.

The reform decriminalises the growth of up to four cannabis plants at home.

However, it also increases the penalties for crimes linked to the trafficking and dealing of cannabis, with the maximum sentence increasing from six to ten years.

Italy has become one of the first European countries to decriminalize recreational cannabis, permitting the growth of up to four cannabis plants at home (stock image)

The reform, which was put forward by Italian MP Riccardo Magi, makes Italy one of the first countries in Europe to decriminalize the domestic cultivation of cannabis for personal use, with Spain and Czech Republic also permitting the growth of up to five plants at home. 

This reform comes nearly two years after a landmark decision from Italy’s Supreme Court in 2019, that ruled small-scale domestic cultivation of cannabis was legal. 

The ruling was made on December 19, 2019 but went unnoticed until a week later when it was reported by domestic news agencies and immediately fueled a simmering political debate over cannabis use in Italy.

It triggered calls for further legalization from weed advocates and anger from the country’s conservatives.  

In the UK, home cultivation remains illegal as well as possessing, selling, or distributing the drug, with offenders facing a fine of up to £2,500 and five years in prison (stock image)

A garbage truck crashed into a building in Michigan, revealing a secret marijuana operation inside, police say.

Sterling Heights police said the garbage truck was swerving to avoid a car Wednesday morning when it smashed into a commercial building, WXYZ reported.

When accident investigators responded to the scene, they discovered what police say is a marijuana grow farm behind the smashed wall, the news outlet reported.

While marijuana is legal for recreational use in Michigan, the grow farm appears to skirt the city’s laws.

“Growing marijuana inside a commercial building is not legal in the city of Sterling Heights,” Sterling Heights Fire Marshal Sean Allen told WJBK. “You need special permits to do that and Sterling Heights does not offer that option.”

No arrests had been announced as of Wednesday afternoon as police continue investigating, WDIV reported.

No one was injured in the crash, the news outlet reported.

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Aldermen advanced Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s proposal Wednesday to ease Chicago zoning rules to open marijuana dispensaries, which the mayor says would make it easier for minority applicants get into a lucrative business now dominated locally by white-owned companies.

Lightfoot’s plan would open up much more of the downtown area to allow marijuana businesses to set up shop.

Under the new proposal, only a small area of the city’s center would continue to exclude dispensaries, including Michigan Avenue downtown and in the South Loop, plus a stretch approaching Navy Pier from Michigan.

Current rules exclude a much bigger part of downtown stretching up into River North.

City analyst Will Shih told the Zoning Committee the hope is that allowing dispensaries to operate on more prime real estate will give minority cannabis license owners better opportunities to get their businesses up and running in Chicago.

Dozens of license holders in a first round of state marijuana license approvals opted to open in the suburbs, because the zoning process is easier in surrounding towns than in Chicago, Shih said.

Amid pushback Wednesday from Zoning Committee members worried the mayor’s new ordinance would not go far enough to protect the interests of Black and Latino entrepreneurs, the committee initially held off on a vote on the proposal.

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Cannabis consumption is one of the most popular activities in the world today. With legalization happening all across America, it’s not surprising that people are looking for new ways to enjoy their favorite herb.

Cannabis consumption has exploded in popularity over the past few years with many new and exciting ways to consume now on the market. What are your favorite cannabis consumption methods? Are you a joint smoker or do you prefer edibles and concentrates? Do you like smoking out of a pipe, dabbing, vaping, or using a bong? Let’s take a look at some of the most popular cannabis consumption methods in 2021.


Do you enjoy a relaxing vape with your friends? Or are you more of a smoke-on-the-go kind of person? Vaping fast became a preferred method of consumption among those that want to enjoy the benefits of smoking cannabis but without the smoke. And of course, cloud chasing is a trend that many have caught on to. Vaping offers a variety of options in terms of both desktop and portable vaporizers, as well as those that are specifically designed for dry herbs. In an ever-evolving industry, the options are endless, and it all comes down to personal choice, but the ease and convenience that vaporizers offer have propelled these devices to the top of many consumers’ lists.


Dabs are highly potent doses of cannabis that are made by extracting THC and CBD with different solvents such as butane. It requires that the extraction be heated on a hot surface and then inhaled using a dab rig, or a nail as it is called on the streets. Dab rigs, and even electric dab rigs from Grasscity, have increased in popularity over the last few years. Dabs are referred to by a variety of terms including budder, butane hash oil, or wax, and it is a well-loved method of consumption because the high levels of THC in dabs enable a super high, super-fast.


There is no doubt that smoking has and probably always will be one of the most common and preferred methods of consumption. One only has to take a look at the legends to see how the trend was set, and the connotations attached to it to understand. The hand pipe is probably the most common device for smoking today and has evolved into an artistic expression, however, the good old joint is a favorite for most, and given the accessories such as personalized rolling paper that go with it, die-hard fans are unlikely to stop smoking it any time soon. There are also other methods such as a water pipe and hookah, and yes, people in desperate situations will even resort to making their own home devices.

Eating and drinking

The well-known pot brownie or space cake – however you recall it – has been a favorite for years, but was never readily available and had to be manufactured at home. However, we do believe that this is what set the precedent for other cannabis edibles. Consuming cannabis edibles was made popular especially by users who did so for medical reasons. The discretion that edibles in their various forms offered afforded these users gave them the chance to experience its health benefits without having to smoke or vape it. As with the natural evolution of everything else, this soon changed, and we now have millions across the globe that have joined the edible movement because these can be taken at any time, and anywhere, and all will attest to a different kind of high from edibles. And we’re left spoilt for choice, with options from candies and chocolates to beverages such as tea and sodas. Legal dispensaries also make this so much easier for consumers by providing recommended dosages on the packaging.

There are many methods of consumption, and these are just a few of the most popular that have taken the world by storm. The long and short of it is that cannabis is here to stay, and the less stigmatized it is, the more we see consumers embracing it in every way. Some may cite smoking as an unhealthy option and look to the vape to give them the same satisfaction, but every joint lover knows that there is nothing quite like traditional smoke. As the saying goes, to each their own.

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Colin Hanks has gotten into the cannabis space — well, sort of — with a very unique strategy.

The actor, producer, director and entrepreneur recently partnered up with multi-state cannabis operator Jushi Holdings to sell his Hanks Kerchiefs-branded products at the company’s Beyond / Hello dispensaries – and online. A portion of all sales will go towards assisting California farmers who have been impacted by wildfires, while helping amplify the message of the not-for-profit organizations that support them.

You don’t need to be a multimillion-dollar business for your company to have a charitable component, Colin declared during an exclusive interview. “Every little bit helps.”

Interestingly, and unlike many other celebrities getting into the cannabis game, Colin is not a big stoner. He indulges here and there, socially, but doesn’t make the herb part of his daily routine.

This, however, does not mean he carries any prejudice against cannabis.

“Like a majority of people my age, I think it was not really a big deal when I was growing up,” Colin explained. “I enjoyed it quite a bit in my younger days and always felt that it was something that was not as big a deal as older generations really seem to make it out to be. And so, ironically, I sort of lost interest in it around the time that it started to become a little bit more acceptable in a mainstream sense.”

Still, Colin is happy with this mainstreaming of the plant. In fact, he loves to see “cannabis stores and billboards and things” popping up all over America.

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You can add The Boston Beer Company (NYSE: SAM) to the list of major alcohol conglomerates to become levered to the cannabis industry. (article originally appeared on

Through a product development agreement with Peak Processing Solutions, a subsidiary of Althea Group Holdings (ASX: AGH), and WeedMD Rx Inc., a subsidiary of Entourage Health Corp (TSX Venture: ENTG) (OTCQX: ETRGF), Boston Beer will be positioned to capitalize on the burgeoning cannabis beverage market and we are favorable on the development for the entire cannabis sector. 

Under the product development agreement, Peak will provide research and development services including laboratory support and the testing of various product formulations and recipes, for a new line of cannabis beverage products. 

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ZUMBROTA, Minn. (WCCO) — A farmer south of the cities is hoping you’ll make his place a new fall tradition. He has a maze made out of a hemp field, about an hour south of the cities in Zumbrota. The owner tells WCCO he is using the attraction for education.

Ted Galaty is the owner and operator of Hemp Maze Minnesota. The maze is located at Willow’s Keep Farm just south of Zumbrota on Highway 5.

“Industrial hemp is usually grown for its food, its fiber or it’s grown for the medicinal side of it,” Galaty said. “Not to get people high.”

A science major at St. Olaf, Galaty never thought he’d be a cannabis aficionado. The west coast native made a deal with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to create this one of a kind hemp maze.

“As far as I know it’s the only hemp maze in Minnesota and probably in the United States,” he said.

The hemp maze is 2 acres, takes about 20 minutes to get through and Galaty insists its kid-friendly. He says it’s all about education – his plants and are not used for recreational purposes, but functional ones.

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Mindfulness is helpful for sticking to the present, discouraging anxiety and stress. Here are some activities that mindfulness can heighten.

Mindfulness is a word that gets thrown around a lot, especially nowadays, when meditation is in vogue. But it’s a helpful tool, not only for relaxation but for leading a more present and fulfilling life.

Mindfulness means actively being present and aware of the current moment. When you meditate and close your eyes, breathing in and out, mindfulness is the goal. It helps disperse anxiety and a wide variety of emotional stress.

Here are 5 activities made better with mindfulness:

Important conversations

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Important conversations are usually emotionally taxing. When we discuss important topics with people we care about, they can quickly devolve into arguments and more. Having mindfulness when discussing these things is important, even though incredibly hard, since your emotions are involved. Having a dialogue with yourself in the midst of your conversation can help, giving you time to formulate your ideas and taking every opportunity you can in asking yourself why this person thinks this way and how you can relate to them.

Red, white, blue, and.. green? Americans are likely celebrating Labor Day with marijuana.

Marijuana sales were expected to surge over Labor Day weekend, which would lead to the second-highest day of sales for the plant in 2021.

According to a report by cannabis technology company Akerna, roughly $240 million in legal national cannabis sales were expected for the holiday weekend. Akerna noted that the surge would have started on Friday with about $90 million in sales, up 62% from an average Friday. Saturday was expected to bring in $69 million in sales while Sunday was projected to see $39 million.

“When holidays fall on weekends, the Friday of that weekend sees the largest spikes in spending, which has held up for Valentine’s Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July this year,” said James Ahrendt, Business Intelligence Architect at Akerna in the report.

Friday was set to be the largest sales day of the weekend, but what makes this weekend special is that Labor Day will give the marijuana market an extra day to increase sales. About $42 million is expected to be brought in on Labor Day as well. 

If sales did reach up to $90 million on Friday it would account for the second-highest sales day of 2021, following after 4/20.

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Yaadcore has followed up The Calling and Tension with a ganja-heavy song that pays tribute to the medicinal properties of cannabis while making a clear call to action against the fight the plant has faced. And if the original single, Nyquill (Spliff A Light Spliff), was not poetic enough, he recently invited veteran reggae singer Richie Spice to create a psychedelic remix, the audio-visual production for which was premiered on High Times, dubbed the cannabis culture bible.

“Mi feel good, enuh,” Yaadcore told The Gleaner about the recognition he has received from the US-based magazine that for over 30 years has shed light on counterculture ideas and the news around — and advocated for the legalisation of marijuana.

He added, “It’s a blessing to know that as a reputable marijuana resource, they are receptive to my music and to what I have to bring to the table.”

He said that Jamaican reggae artistes are unrivalled in their advocacy for the legalisation of cannabis, its usage, and in educating listeners of their music on the benefits of such usage for decades. Even now, with the decriminalisation of the sacred herb locally, many are laying claim to lifting its status from forbidden to favoured, and like Yaadcore, a few remain dedicated to sharing the knowledge of all that it is capable of doing. Thus, it cements the title of international ambassador and advocates for cannabis culture.

“I am 100 per cent an ambassador for cannabis culture. Marijuana is a plant that I believe should be freed from all forms of oppression. We see where people are being faced with all types of stipulations for the usage of it. Granted we are allowed access to a certain amount without being penalised or harassed by the law and me give thanks for that, but you know, the small farmers and sellers are still dealing with issues,” he said.“It should be treated like any other plant, just like an onion or garlic. It means so much to me, based on the medicinal benefits and the spiritual elements of its use. In the times of coming up, I learnt how marijuana reveals us to ourselves and makes me personally feel more comfortable in being who I am, and as far as Rastafari is concerned, it is one energy that gave me refuge into knowing that it is not something bad even with the stigma attached.”

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The global cannabis beverage market is estimated to reach $2.8 billion by 2025 and is projected to see a growth rate of 17.8% from 2019 to 2025. As consumer behavior shifts from carbonated soft drinks to health sodas and legalization gains more footholds across the country, the cannabis beverage market pivots to offer consumers potent and flavor-forward beverages that offer a fresh take on the time-honored ritual of “kicking back with a cold one”. Innovative technologies are likewise flourishing, a development that both drives and responds to growth in the cannabis beverages market.

Liposomal and nanoemulsion delivery systems, clean, water-soluble nanotechnology, and ionization technology are just some of the ways that companies are raising the bar on absorption and therapeutic benefit when it comes to cannabis drinks. Bioavailability has been an ongoing problem in the cannabis beverage market along with ascribing a specific potency or benefit to cannabis drinks. Nanoemulsion in particular seems to be a promising technological advancement, with a global market value that could rise to $14.91 billion by 2025. Nanoemulsions are “fine oil/water dispersions stabilized by an interfacial film of surfactant molecule”, which gives them an edge over products requiring external oils or fats since they can be brought into the brain more quickly. 

Quicksilver Scientific has refined their nanoemulsion process for use by heavy hitters in the cannabis industry such as Truss CBD USA, a joint venture between Molson Coors and HEXO Cannabisnew to create a U.S. line of non-alcoholic hemp beverages. ECS Brands employs biomimicry in its hemp water, which naturally replicates the way the body absorbs fat-soluble compounds. A combination of stabilized gold hemp seed oil and bioactive saponins from green tea provides enhanced bioavailability of oil-soluble cannabinoids and other nutrients by a purported factor of 500-1000%. Ionization technology, used by companies like LifeTonic (maker of “socially empowering” CBD and CBG beverages), converts cannabinoids from neutrally-charged oils into electrically-charged ions capable of dissolving in water. This means that the molecules can be absorbed directly into the mouth before even entering the digestive tract. 

Converting cannabinoids and other fat-soluble nutrients into water-soluble constituents has turned a lingering problem into big business and big science for cannabis companies, and it seems like everyday businesses are claiming the fastest rate of absorption or the purest formulation. Consumers are demanding and getting, more bang for their buck as cannabis delivery systems are refined to deliver on the promised benefits of adding a little cannabis to their beverage equation.

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Cannabis, weed, marijuana, for the longest time, was thought to only have been used by stoners. This is certainly no longer the case as cannabis is now used for both recreational and importantly, medicinal purposes. Research and technology have been used to find and understand the herb’s real benefits if the dosage and use is managed wisely. The industry is booming today because of many more countries legalizing its use in some way. The size of this market was just over USD10 billion in 2018, and incredibly, it is anticipated to reach just over USD100 billion in 2026. Many stores, both physical and online, such as make this possible by offering a wide variety of products.

If you’ve decided to prioritize cannabis use in your life, you’re more likely to benefit from its adoption if you spend adequate time understanding the plant and how it is consumed. Its growth has been accompanied by additional methods of use, some of which are better for some people than others. Let’s kick your learning journey off with information on your starter kit.


Rolling Papers

Rolling paper is used for making cigarettes, but if they are filled with cannabis then it is a joint. If you’re having a lazy day, you can buy pre-rolled joints. A blunt, meanwhile, is the big brother of the joint and is basically a hollowed-out cigar filled with cannabis. There will be extra nicotine in the latter experience, as the cigar encasing is tobacco leaf. Recent cannabis use innovation includes flavored rolling papers, which complement and add a fruity, sweet, or savory taste to your smoke.  There are also unbleached rolling papers, and even flavored blunt wraps, eliminating the tobacco leaf altogether for blunts.


Breaking up your marijuana into smaller pieces can be done with your fingers, but a grinder is faster and is every serious cannabis user’s faithful companion that will guarantee a smoother smoke. Your options include a simple cheese grater-type grinder and more complex multi-chamber devices. There is a comfort in this ritual appreciated by those who use it. Not all accessories are made alike, so tap into the many sources of info, before making your choice.  


A bong is a water pipe, that includes a bowl filled with dry weed, and when lit, provides a thick, smooth smoke. When you inhale, bubbles are produced in the water at the bottom of the bong. The smoke moves up the water-filled pipe and into the chamber, before entering your mouth and lungs. This is a much smoother experience than the dry heat of smoking a joint, thanks to water filtration. You’re still allowing smoke to enter your lungs, so it is not a less harmful option. Time and technology provide many bong designs, but they all do much the same thing as the original bamboo pipe, which is to filter and cool the smoke.

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Despite an industry-wide whiplash start to adult-use recreational sales in January, the marijuana market in Arizona is righting itself and filling state tax coffers with infusions of cannabis cash that will only continue to rise as the recreational market matures.

The preliminary numbers are likely to adjust upwards as dispensary owners learn the ropes of the new system, but at first blush, tax revenues collected by the Arizona Department of Revenue are quickly accruing as sales continue to rise.

Through July, ADOR received more than $95 million in tax revenues from overall pot sales, based on a preliminary report posted to a new webpage on the department’s website.

That total comes from a 22% sales tax on recreational purchases, compared to a 6% sales tax on medicinal. (Recreational customers pay an additional 16% sales tax on top of the 6% that medical customers pay, in addition to local taxes.) Broken down, the recreational sales tax brought in nearly $25 million while the state’s medical program generated nearly $30.5 million overall during that time.

Adult-use sales for the first six months of the year—sales that began on Jan. 28—totaled nearly $248 million, while on the medical side from January to June the total was about $363 million.

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Cannabis smoking lounges, slow to open in Illinois since marijuana was legalized last year, are starting to get off the ground, as two have opened and more are planned across the state.

In addition to bring-your-own marijuana consumption sites operating in DeKalb and Sesser, plans are in the works to open locations in West Peoria and Carbondale.

Weed remains illegal to smoke in public, such as on the street or in parks, in public buildings, and on private property such as hotels or apartments where property owners prohibit it. The lounges provide a legal place for adults 21 and over to smoke or vape — and create social gatherings to share the experience with friends or acquaintances. The lounges operating so far can’t sell cannabis, so users bring their own.

In West Peoria, investors hope to open a cannabis lounge by late fall. It would be called High Harbor, on the site of the former Sky Harbor Steak House. Organizers plan to offer comedy nights, music, educational and corporate events, and yoga classes, after renovations are complete, real estate agent Christina Patellaro said.

This summer, the City Council voted to approve zoning for the concept. Investors include Ronald DiGiacomo, founder and vice president of Trinity Compassionate Care Centers, which operates two cannabis stores nearby in Peoria.

High Harbor and Trinity plan their opening event outdoors on the West Peoria site Sept. 10 and 11, featuring vendors, artisans, live art and music, and no on-site sales of cannabis, but bring-your-own consumption.

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Montana already struggles with our rate of drunk driving and in a few months, the state’s new recreational marijuana law comes into play.

It will no doubt put more impaired drivers out on the roads. How does the Montana Highway patrol feel about it and what about the state crime lab whose scientists will likely see a bigger caseload? We found out that they’re already gearing up.

High tech machines at the Montana State Crime Lab in Missoula screen blood for a specific classification of drug, pinpoint what that drug is such as meth or opioids or marijuana. Another machine then measures the level of drug in a blood sample.

Machines named Eliza or a gas chromatogram mass spectrometer are big words, but they are crucial testing tools used all the time in impaired driving cases.

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California State Park Peace Officers have uncovered an illegal cannabis grow site within Sonoma Coast State Park.

On Tuesday, Aug. 17, State Park Peace Officers assigned to the department’s Special Enforcement Team discovered at the state park, in Upper Willow Creek, that water was being diverted by the illegal growers from a creek and channeled into several large pits lined with tarps.

It is believed the creek water from these human-made wells was used to water cannabis plants within the grow site.

A total of 1,500 plants were documented at the site. Approximately 1,000 pounds of trash was also documented, including fertilizer, rodenticides, a generator, gasoline and plastic irrigation lines.

Cleanup of the site is being scheduled by State Parks. Additionally, more than a dozen trees were also cut down by the growers to create a clearing for the cannabis plants.

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